After falling to Nebraska earlier this week, the Seton Hall Pirates are back in action. The Pirates will take the floor again in their home dome on Saturday night, as they welcome the A-10’s Saint Louis Billikens to Newark.
Saint Louis is 3-0 as they enter this game, with wins over Southeast Missouri State, the Troy Trojans and the North Alabama Lions. While they are undefeated, and have put up stout defensive numbers, their offense has gotten off to a very sluggish start. They have scored 75, 62 and 69 points in their wins and it is not as if the competition was up to snuff, either. SEMO and North Alabama are ranked 298th and 333rd as of writing on KenPom, and Troy is 177th. Their 3-point percentage is a brutal 23.9 percent and their free throw percentage is 56.5 percent.
You will probably be seeing a lot of Tramaine Isabell, Jordan Goodwin and Dion Wiley in this game. These three lead in %Poss on KenPom, with Goodwin leading the charge with 25.6 percent. Isabell, a former Missouri Tigers transfer, and Bess, a senior, lead the team in minutes% so they will be on the floor quite a bit. Wiley, meanwhile, has played off the bench in all three games, while Isabell and Bess of course are starters.
Bess, himself, is coming off a 16-point, 10-rebound effort over North Alabama. He also had an 18 & 5 night in their opener against SEMO way back on November 6.
Seton Hall, meanwhile, is 1-1. The Pirates opened with a dominant 89-49 win over the Wagner Seahawks, and then lost to the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, 80-57. So they were on both sides of the coin. The Pirates have been led by Myles Powell of course, who has had a terrific start to the season.
The key to success for the Pirates has to be getting more from their bench this time around. They couldn’t get much at all going in the loss to the Huskers, and it was primarily Powell and Michael Nzei who scored points in that game. Obviously, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to say “you need more points to win,” but spreading the wealth and hoping for more output from role players will be integral on Saturday evening.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
Watch Online: Fox Sports Go